Alice, age 16, writes:
hello, I’m 16 and I’m in a relationship. I was on the pill but I stopped taking it because I had forgotten to take a few of the tablets during May so I stopped taking my tablets completely in late May/early June. I had planned on starting again in the following week after my periods stopped but I never did.
It is now half way through July and I haven’t had a period since then. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and used the “pull out” method, I actually thought that I couldn’t get pregnant due to being on the pill not so long ago.
I have most of the basic symptoms: cramping, nausea, frequent urination, very bad mood swings, tiredness, my taste has gone weird and I’m craving foods I wouldn’t normally eat. I took a pregnancy test but I don’t know when my periods are due because of the routine of the pill so I feel it might have been too early to take a test and that is why it displayed negative.
I have a doctors appointment in a few days but I want advice before then. help me please?!
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Mmmm … this is a tough one. Did you have sex just once or multiple times? Is your boyfriend completely sure that he didn’t ejaculate any inside you before pulling out? How soon after forgetting to take your birth control pills did your period in late May / early June start? How long did that period last? Most likely, it wasn’t a real period but was withdrawal bleed. When you are on a daily birth control pill, if it’s the kind that has the sugar pills each month, you don’t actually have a period during the sugar pill time, but you do have withdrawal bleeding. (Long story behind why the original inventors of the traditional birth control pill did that. Now people are catching on and realizing that monthly bleeding is no longer necessary when you’re on birth control).
Do you know how many days you were completely off your birth control? I’m trying to figure out if your body began to have a regular menstrual cycle, complete with ovulation, etc. If your body did ovulate, then you could get pregnant during the 24 hour period when that egg was in your body.
But, if you just had sex one time, and your boyfriend accurately and completely pulled out before letting loose his sperm, then you should be good to go. The symptoms could very well be related to other things, and, don’t forget that nerves can mimic many of the classic symptoms of pregnancy. If you do mention the possibility of being pregnant to the doc, he/she might do a blood test which can be more sensitive to detecting hCG than a typical home pregnancy test.
My bet is that you’re not pregnant (unless you had sex multiple times, then I might start to budge away from that). Keep us posted!